Bruins camp notes: combinations, competition and cuts

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Claude Julien and his men have only been at a short while, but with a preseason tilt slated for Monday night against the rival Montreal Canadiens, things seem to be progressing in a timely fashion.

For starters, Patrice Bergeron and Gregory Campbell have been participating in practice, all though have not yet been cleared for actual game participation. Both say they plan on being a go come the regular season opener against Tampa Bay on October 3.

There are exactly 51 camp participants this season. All though that number will be trimmed down as roster cuts are expected by the end of the weekend. The camp is divided into two groups, A and B. Boston has to reach the 22 player mark, as that’s the most they can carry during the year.

Patrice Bergeron, Loui Eriksson, Johnny Boychuk and Tuukka Rask headline group A. David Krejci, Milan Lucic, Jarome Iginla and Zdeno Chara lead group B.

Here’s a full breakdown of both groups: http://www.csnne.com/blog/bruins-talk/bruins-announce-training-camp-roster-51

Jarome Iginla has been paired with David Krejci and Milan Lucic on Boston’s top line, replacing Nathan Horton at the right wing slot.

Loui Eriksson has been skating alongside Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand on the Bruins so called “second line.”

Shawn Thornton, Daniel Paille and Greg Campbell are still together, rocking and rolling on the “merlot line.”

Many feel Daniel Paille could seemingly make the jump to the third line. Chris Kelly will assumingly center that line. Jordan Caron and Carl Soderberg project as wingers alongside Kelly. Though it has been Reilly Smith getting the bulk of the reps with Kelly and Caron.

Caron will be watched closely as he and the Bruins realize this could be it in terms of remaining with the organization. Boston has had high expectations for him and the vacancy along the third line is his job to essentially lose. If Reilly Smith, Jared Knight or Ryan Spooner out perform Caron in camp then you better believe they’ll get the nod.

And as always Zdeno Chara continues to reiterate how high the expectations are for the Black and Gold this season, while Jarome Iginla feels the Bruins have a special sense of swagger to them.

Frank O’Laughlin – Senior Contributor – TitleTown Sports Network

 

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